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Memorable Manitobans: Mary Augusta Ruttan Robinson (1912-1993)

Athlete and sportswoman.

Born in the St. James area of Winnipeg on 31 May 1912, she was locally educated. As Mary Ruttan she was one of Manitoba’s top athletes of the 1930s and early 1940s. She was Manitoba champion in fencing in 1933 and 1936, and she won countless national ski titles. She also was an active horsewoman on her horse Teddy. She helped found the Puffin Ski Club and pioneered the women’s/mothers’ exercise course at the YWCA. For 30 years she ran a dance school in Winnipeg, from which she retired in 1966. She moved to Victoria in 1972 and died on 30 April 1993.

She is a member of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 5 July 2008

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